Weekend Wrap: UPDATED
TUESDAY: Melville Nobs (New Old Boys) have advanced to the second round of the Waikato Knockout Cup after a 4-1 win over Waikato Unicol under floodlights on Gower 2.
Justin Harden (NB, real name) opened the scoring with a fine far post header and Kieran Frewan (above) drilled home two stunning left footers, the second a perfect volley.
Unicol briefly pulled a goal back to make it 2-1 but Hamish Utteridge netted in the second half to make the game safe.
Josh Billman played well, while there were some delightful touches from Frewan and Jason Chewins (Frewy & Chewy).
Melville rejected the opportunity to play weatherbeaten veteran Neil Mouncher in goal, preferring the more likeable Blair Cowley.
Watching from the deck were a number of the Melville Gobs (Genuine Old Boys).
“Nothing to worry about there,” they sniffed at the final whistle.
In a nail-biting match, Melville Women’s Development drew 0-0 with former Waikato Women’s A Competition winners, Tokoroa, at Gower Park.
Melville Development held possession for most of the first half, creating plenty of opportunities to score.
Melville strikers Summer Gunn, Sarah Mete and Vicki Hicks produced relentless attempts at goal, but Tokoroa displayed strength in their defence and their goal keeper made some outstanding saves.
Melville’s central midfielder, Nat Hallett, displayed leadership on the pitch, and was quick to distribute the ball and feed the Melville wingers, Johnelle Wereta and Erica Teare. In a physical first half, Melville worked hard to secure a goal before the half-time whistle, but to no avail.
In the second half, Tokoroa took to the field with more focus and energy, which put Melville on the back-foot for the first 20 minutes.
New team member Leilani Fellowes – sister of men’s first team squad member Liam – transitioned smoothly into the sweeper role and played a critical role in keeping the Tokoroa shots at bay.
Despite confessing to having a big night out, defender Jessie Begbie-Hall turned up to the match (late) and held Tokoroa’s key playmaker under control.
Defenders, Brig Ravera and Laura Davidson also showed class and composure in the backline by sending quality through-balls to the Melville midfielders.
It was by far the best performance that Melville Development have displayed, and gave the Melville players greater insight into their potential as a team.
Melville midfielder Nat Hallett was voted Player’s Player of the Day, and Leilani Fellowes received the Coaches Player of the Day for her stellar performance.
A classy finish from Kieran Frewan helped mighty Melville Nobs (New Old Boys) go six points clear at the top of the men’s Waikato A Division.
The Nobs beat Eastern City 2-0 away in a typically fiery battle between two teams that don’t send each other Christmas cards.
Frewan scored a classic second half goal, feinting to shoot as two defenders slid desperately by, only to nonchalantly chip the keeper, while Hamish Utteridge scored a fine poacher’s goal as he again displayed the knack of being in the right place at the right time.
But it wasn’t all beer and skittles at Hillcrest Park.
Three players were sent off from a single incident – two from Eastern City and Melville’s Terry Blunt – after Justin Harden was rugby tackled by an Eastern City player. Harden received a yellow card.
A swarm of Melville players rapidly stepped in to defend Harden, and Blunt ended up taking the rap with one of the dismissals. Blunt by name and blunt by nature, some might say. But the team will be organising a whip-around for Terry’s fine, and sources say a belligerent Josh Billman may want to make a significant contribution.
“It was a typical visit to Eastern City,” chuckled Nob head Raj Naidu. “The pitch is a bog, there is no aftermatch, and the changing rooms are like a hollowed-out prison.
“But that is all part of what gives these contests their gritty flavour and I am sure most visiting teams treasure the special atmosphere you simply don’t find elsewhere in our league. It is good to celebrate diversity.”
Best for Melville were Utteridge and Greg Hobson, who made a one-off return to his spiritual home between the sticks for this big top of the table clash.
The Nobs play Unicol in a cup match under lights at Gower on Tuesday, 6pm.
On a weekend where the goals flowed for many teams, Kelsie MacKintosh netted her first hat trick of the season to assist Melville premier women to an 8-0 home win over Northern United on a very damp Gower No 2
Victory keeps Melville in second place in the Waikato women’s A league, three points adrift of Cambridge, and two points ahead of Melville Development. Melville Epics lost 4-2 away to Wanderers.
Well placed through balls early on allowed Monique Corkill to net a quick double inside the first 20 minutes against Northern, before Kelsie MacKintosh added her first from close in and Jackie Pretswell scored from a well placed free kick just before half time.
Melville struggled to find the same rhythm in the second spell, but Shelly Brandt showed good footwork playing against her old team, and she earned a penalty when tripped in the box.
Pretswell converted before taking an early rest with a calf niggle.
Some surging runs from Konagh Garrett were rewarded with a well finished one on one and another going close off the woodwork.
The game died off again before MacKintosh finished it with two more goals to complete her hat trick and later collect TDO player of the day. New Delhi Indian Restaurant players player of the day went to Corkill for her well taken brace and threat out wide.
“Overall not our finest display, but three points nonetheless,” said Melville coach Laichyn Parkinson. “We look forward to the trip to Tokoroa in a fortnight as what has been an extended preseason comes to a close.”
Melville Old Boys are one point off the lead in the B Division after a 3-0 home win over Waikato Unicol.
The goals came from Gavin Porter-Webber, Matt Leaver, and a rejuvenated Big Phil Wheatley.
Wheately tries not to rely on his pace and is more of a poacher these days (though says ‘fried’ is also good).
“I have asked the Gaffer for enough game-time to express myself, and it’s fair to say in return I’m having a fruitful season in front of goal,” Wheatley said.
“I think I’ve got that childhood confidence back. My brother said the other day it was like watching me in the playground, when I was young and playing with no fear.”
Wheatley said goalscoring required a certain mental attitude, and that was what separated the best.
“I’ve always been a believer in the triadic model of attitude, where the three components of the triad are affect, cognition, and behaviour,” he said. “If we like something (affect) we also tend to think positively about it (cognition) and this gives us a behavioural pre-disposition towards what we see in front of us. It’s this latent process which sets a theoretical frame over and above everything except the crossbar.
“As a goalscorer you visualize and practice scoring goals of all types and from all angles so that when the opportunity presents itself it is not the first impression.
“But all else apart, I’m just enjoying my football at the moment. The goals are coming and that is nice, though good [team] performances are always the main thing for me.
“It doesn’t matter who scores as long as we are winning, though I’m pleased to have been able to take the pressure off the likes of Robbie Orchard and Julian Ford.”
Melville Ds are six points clear at the top in their league after a 6-1 win over West Ham United.
It was 1-1 at half time, but Melville were D-termined and had a stunning final quarter in which they scored four goals. Greg Holt and Henry Goodall scored two apiece, while Jono Jordan and Taylor Clement also got on the scoresheet. Sharnden Jeram was player of the day.
Melville Cs lost 2-0 away to Claudelands Vets, and have dropped to fourth on the table.